Respecting choices-Improving the lives of persons living with dementia

Hello everyone,

You are likely familiar with the idea of person-centered care. In the long term care setting, person centered care promotes residents’ choices, increases their sense of purpose, and provides a greater personal connection for those who need assistance from others with daily tasks.

An important part of providing person-centered care involves learning the preferences of the residents: What activities do they like to do? Who do they enjoy spending time with? What makes them happy? By respecting the preferences of residents and integrating those preferences into daily life, we can help increase their sense of wellbeing and provide an opportunity for them to thrive. And in addition to benefiting residents, person-centered care also helps increase the job satisfaction of staff, and meet current regulatory mandates.

We invite you to take a moment to watch this brief and fun “white board video” that discusses preference-based living in long term care, and illustrates why preferences of residents matter:

You can also access tools to use to help identify residents’ preferences by going to the Preference Based Living Website!

Give this a try with one or two of your residents this week, and let us know how it goes.


Have a great week!

Dementia and eyesight-common changes and behaviors

Sometimes, the behavior of a resident with BPSD can be attributed to his/her changing vision as the dementia worsens.

Check out this brief video (see link below from featuring Teepa Snow as she discusses how a person’s vision changes over time with aging and dementia. Keep this information in mind as you work with your residents, as you can better understand their perspective with regards to what they are and aren’t seeing.

Teepa’s points include:

  • By the time we are 75 years old, normal age-related changes can reduce our peripheral vision a little bit, so we’re not able to see and notice as much as we would when we are younger.
  • When someone has dementia, their field of vision narrows to about 12 inches around.
  • As dementia advances, the brain relies on information coming from just one eye, as the information coming in through two eyes is too overwhelming. This results in loss of depth perception. A person can’t tell if something is two-dimensional or three-dimensional, making it difficult to know if something is a pattern in the carpet or an object on the floor; a real apple or picture of an apple; or how high a chair is. Think about how this can affect behavior in significant ways.

Dementia and Eyesight: An Expert Explains Common Changes and Behaviors [Video]